Heliocare: The Sunscreen Pill That Helps Prevent Skin Cancer and Melasma

Hey there, skincare enthusiasts! Have you ever wondered if a simple pill could help reduce the risk of skin cancer and manage melasma? Well, you’re in for a treat! Let me introduce you to Heliocare—a groundbreaking supplement that harnesses the power of nature to protect and rejuvenate your skin.

 I personally take this product every morning year-round. It’s for you if you’ve ever had a skin cancer or precancerous lesion or melasma. 

What is Heliocare and How Does It Work?

Heliocare is your ultimate skin defender. It’s an innovative, plant-based supplement packed with the natural goodness of Fernblock®, an extract derived from the tropical fern Polypodium leucotomos. This fern has developed a unique mechanism to protect itself from the sun, and scientists have leveraged this to create a potent sun protection supplement. 

Since its introduction in Europe in 2001 and the United States in 2006, this powerful supplement helps protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays, reduces inflammation, and boosts collagen production for a more youthful, radiant complexion. Plus, it plays a crucial role in preventing common skin cancers and treating conditions like melasma. Think of it as your daily dose of sun protection from the inside out, working in harmony with your sunscreen to keep your skin looking its best. With Heliocare, you're not just protecting your skin – you're enhancing its natural beauty and resilience.

Heliocare Advanced takes things a step further by adding nicotinamide, also known as vitamin B3. This powerhouse vitamin is renowned for its ability to repair DNA damage caused by UV exposure and reduce inflammation. Together, Polypodium leucotomos extract and nicotinamide create a formidable duo against skin damage and aging.

Why I love it...

Think of Heliocare as insurance to your sunscreen; it extends protection from the inside out like an internal sunscreen working in harmony with your topical sunscreen.As a dermatology PA, I've witnessed firsthand the effectiveness of Heliocare’s Fernblock in providing broad-spectrum protection against UV radiation, which is crucial in preventing sunburn, premature aging, and reducing the risk of skin cancer, and even MELASMA.

Benefits of Polypodium Leucotomos

Benefits for Sun Protection

Polypodium leucotomos, or PLE, is a tropical fern known for its antioxidant, photoprotective, and immunoregulatory properties that help shield your skin from UV radiation. Studies have shown that it can reduce skin redness and potentially lower the incidence of skin cancer, making it a must-have for anyone looking to keep their skin healthy and youthful.

Scientific Studies and Effectiveness

Research has shown that PLE is highly effective in protecting against sun damage. 

  • A 2015 NIH study found that subjects taking PLE were less likely to experience sunburn compared to those taking a placebo.*
  • A 2011 study demonstrated that PLE helps in managing melasma, a common pigmentation disorder, by improving skin erythema and pigmentation caused by UV exposure​​.
  • A 2004 study found that PLE is effective in reducing reddening of the skin when taken before sun exposure as well as decreasing sun damage.
Heliocare Advanced Sunscreen Pill
Heliocare Advanced Sunscreen Pill

The Power of Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3)

Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Aging Properties

Nicotinamide, also known as niacinamide, is a water-soluble vitamin (which means it flushes readily from the system without building up in tissues) that offers a multitude of benefits for the skin. It helps repair DNA damage caused by UV exposure and reduces the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers, reduces inflammation, and boosts collagen production, making your skin appear more youthful and resilient.

Nicotinamide can be applied as a gel to treat acne, or taken as an oral supplement for its anti-aging effects, including reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. This is due to the way it increases the natural production of collagen, which makes skin appear plumper and more taut.

Role in Preventing Skin Cancer

A 2015 study published by the National Institutes of Health found that taking nicotinamide twice daily significantly reduced the rate of new squamous-cell and basal-cell skin cancers by 23% compared to a placebo in high-risk patients. This makes nicotinamide an invaluable ally in the fight against skin cancer and other UV-related skin issues.

Role in Anti-Aging

A Japanese study in 2008 found a 'marked and moderate improvement' in wrinkle reduction in 64% of subjects studied. It's like turning back the clock on your skin!

Combining PLE and Nicotinamide in Heliocare

When you combine PLE and nicotinamide, you get a powerful synergy that enhances skin protection and health. Heliocare supplements support your skin’s natural defenses, offering an extra layer of protection when used alongside your favorite sunscreen. It’s like giving your skin a boost from the inside out, helping to maintain its youthful glow while keeping it safe from sun-induced harm.

Using Heliocare for Optimal Skin Health

Recommended Usage and Dosage

For best results, take Heliocare supplements daily, ideally in the morning. This ensures that your skin is fortified against the day's UV exposure. Pair Heliocare with a high-quality sunscreen for maximum protection. Remember, Heliocare is an extender, not a replacement, for your sunscreen routine.

Pairing with Other Skincare Routines

Heliocare works best when integrated into a comprehensive skincare routine. Start your day with sunscreen, and use Heliocare as your backup protection. This combination helps you achieve optimal skin health, keeping your skin safe and radiant.


FAQs about Heliocare

Your Ultimate Skin Defender

Heliocare Advanced is your ultimate skin defender, packed with the natural goodness of Fernblock® and nicotinamide. This powerful supplement helps protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays, reduces inflammation, and boosts collagen production for a more youthful, radiant complexion. Plus, it plays a crucial role in preventing common skin cancers and treating conditions like melasma.

Incorporate Heliocare into your daily skincare routine for enhanced protection and skin health. Remember, while Heliocare offers powerful benefits, it should be used in conjunction with topical sunscreens and regular skin check-ups and should be taken every morning just as we apply sunscreen every morning. Try Heliocare today and take a proactive step towards healthier, more radiant skin.

Empower your skin. Transform your life. Embrace the power of Heliocare!


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